Grand Californian Super Thread Updated 11/7/13

Mama_Cass

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Does the refurbed white water snacks still have the water (from pop machines), microwave and plates/cutlery available?
 

Buson808

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Eco friendly Refer with no freezer, ecofriendly shower head, ecofriendly paper plates, ecofriendly handsoap!

What has happened to this place?
 
  • wareagle57

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    Eco friendly Refer with no freezer, ecofriendly shower head, ecofriendly paper plates, ecofriendly handsoap!

    What has happened to this place?
    Yikes. So I'm guessing the shower won't have any kind of pressure I'm accustomed to. That's too bad as nice showers are one thing I really look forward to in expensive hotels.

    Also, does anyone know which rooms the DD rooms are? I'm guessing standard. Do you think there is any hope for some pixie dust since I put that it was our Honeymoon and my wife's first trip to DL on the request form when I booked?
     
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  • Whistlebee

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    Can anyone tell me about the location of the Standard View rooms? We usually book the Woods/Courtyard View rooms and stay in the rooms above the Napa Rose. We love that area and have only ever stayed in those rooms. I really want to avoid long walks down long hallways. Plus, a friends son might be coming who has medical issues which cause considerable fatigue so I want to minimize his walking as well. Thank you!
     

    CateinPhoenix

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    Can anyone tell me about the location of the Standard View rooms? We usually book the Woods/Courtyard View rooms and stay in the rooms above the Napa Rose. We love that area and have only ever stayed in those rooms. I really want to avoid long walks down long hallways. Plus, a friends son might be coming who has medical issues which cause considerable fatigue so I want to minimize his walking as well. Thank you!
    We booked a Standard View room, called and faxed a request for a room near Napa Rose elevator and received a nice Woods/Courtyard View overlooking Starbucks and with a Monorail view. It's worth a request and see what you get....

    Edited to add, we were in room 415
     
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    Nonsuch

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    Yikes. So I'm guessing the shower won't have any kind of pressure I'm accustomed to. That's too bad as nice showers are one thing I really look forward to in expensive hotels...
    The renovation improved the showers, with a handheld and ceiling mounted rain shower head. The water flow is good (much better than my water savers at home), but not the massive water flow found in some hotels (Vegas comes to mind).
    ...Also, does anyone know which rooms the DD rooms are? I'm guessing standard. Do you think there is any hope for some pixie dust since I put that it was our Honeymoon and my wife's first trip to DL on the request form when I booked?
    Dapper Day rooms are standard view. You might also want to request a King bed, but let the registration CM know which is more important (view or bed type).
    Can anyone tell me about the location of the Standard View rooms? We usually book the Woods/Courtyard View rooms and stay in the rooms above the Napa Rose...
    All the rooms at the front of the hotel are Standard View, but some are located in other areas (which do not match any upgraded types). Courtyard view look into the Brissa courtyard which the Monorail passes through. Woods view are any room that looks out at trees, often lower floors facing the park.

    Free upgrades from Standard to Woods/Courtyard are quite common, based on many posts and my personal experience. Price difference is usually small, and discounts to upgraded views can sometimes make Woods/Courtyard cheaper than Standard.

    Standard RED
    Courtyard YELLOW
    gch_standard.jpg
     
  • Whistlebee

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    The renovation improved the showers, with a handheld and ceiling mounted rain shower head. The water flow is good (much better than my water savers at home), but not the massive water flow found in some hotels (Vegas comes to mind).

    Dapper Day rooms are standard view. You might also want to request a King bed, but let the registration CM know which is more important (view or bed type).

    All the rooms at the front of the hotel are Standard View, but some are located in other areas (which do not match any upgraded types). Courtyard view look into the Brissa courtyard which the Monorail passes through. Woods view are any room that looks out at trees, often lower floors facing the park.

    Free upgrades from Standard to Woods/Courtyard are quite common, based on many posts and my personal experience. Price difference is usually small, and discounts to upgraded views can sometimes make Woods/Courtyard cheaper than Standard.

    Standard RED
    Courtyard YELLOW
    View attachment 379515
    Thank you.
     

    Buson808

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    Had a really bad experience today with 3 different laundry cards. For some reason the cards only worked at the dvc laundry and not the napa laundry facility. I went to the front desk 3x to get a new card and all 3 cards only worked at dvc building. Finally just used my own credit card and they credited my room $10 bucks. They also gave me 4 dinner comp cards for storytellers, goofy and steakhouse.
     

    Disney_Alli

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    Yikes. So I'm guessing the shower won't have any kind of pressure I'm accustomed to. That's too bad as nice showers are one thing I really look forward to in expensive hotels.
    I have super thick hair I literally cannot wash in most hotels as the poor water pressure cannot rinse anything through my hair - I have NEVER had a problem at the Grand including our recent stay post renovations.
     
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    Fall1

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    Is there any update as to when the pool construction will be done? It's strange it isn't listed on the Disney website.
     

    Nonsuch

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    Is there any update as to when the pool construction will be done? It's strange it isn't listed on the Disney website.
    The new pool bar work might not be listed because all pools remain open.

    Progress is being made on the pool bar. Underground conduits have been covered and the site is graded. Foundations and steel skeleton are being placed.
    Photo from February 6:
    gch_pool_6feb19.jpg
     

    bethwc101

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    The new pool bar work might not be listed because all pools remain open.

    Progress is being made on the pool bar. Underground conduits have been covered and the site is graded. Foundations and steel skeleton are being placed.
    Photo from February 6:
    View attachment 381905
    When we were there in Oct, the pools weren't heated and the slide pool was down. Do you know if this has been fixed? We had to go to the DLH to swim it was so cold.
     

    gottalovepluto

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    Does GCH CL open at 6am on 7am EMH days? I know they open at 6:30am usually but I stayed GCH CL after the Veranda opened the week before Xmas & around the time we were leaving they were talking about how they would be opening the Veranda at 6am due to 7am EMH over the Holidays. There was a lot of experimentation going on with things in the Veranda then so I’m wondering if anyone has come across 6am openings there since Xmas 2017?
     
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    Malcon10t

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    Does GCH CL open at 6am on 7am EMH days? I know they open at 6:30am usually but I stayed GCH CL after the Veranda opened the week before Xmas & around the time we were leaving they were talking about how they would be opening the Veranda at 6am due to 7am EMH over the Holidays. There was a lot of experimentation going on with things in the Veranda then so I’m wondering if anyone has come across 6am openings there since Xmas 2017?
    At Christmas is was still 630a. I will ask this weekend.
     

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